John Strada, executive director
michelle solla, consultant
Tom Dunmore, Assistant Director
Anthony Miranda, media
Ryan McCoy, Administrative Assistant
chad moore, esq., executive director/design coordinator
Alex Beltran, battery arranger
Zach schlicher, battery Production designer
ian hale, front ensemble arranger
Mike Bishop, Sound Design, Front Ensemble Caption Head
Jaime Holly, visual design
micah kasman, design consultant
Battery instructional team
Joe Ciancimino, battery caption head
brad schoener, snare technician, Battery Coordinator
Charlie Partridge, snare technician
Connor horwath, snare technician
jimmy toohey, tenor technician
Seth Estes, bass technician
Greg Banks, bass technician
Andy Warntz, bass technician
Charlie Pollock, Cymbal Technician
Jobin George, cymbal Technician/Physical Training
Front Ensemble Instructional team
mike bishop, sound design, front ensemble caption head
Matt Blood, front ensemble technician
sean rode, Front Ensemble Technician
mariah graham, Front Ensemble Technician
dave osworth, Front ensemble consultant
Visual Instructional team
Lauryn Heller, Body/Movement Design
Brad Donoris, Visual Technician
Corey Moore, Visual Technician
Tyler Propfe, Visual Technician
Kirby Kistler, Visual Technician
Scroll below for staff biography information
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNITED PERCUSSION AND ARTS, Inc.
John has served as Executive Director for United Percussion since its inception in 2003. He is currently the percussion caption head and arranger for Buena Regional High School. John served as the director for Eagle Percussion from 1999-2002. John's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science-Accounting; Bachelor of Science-Finance; and a Bachelor of Science-Marketing from Drexel University. John also attended Rowan University and received a Post-Bachelor Certification for Secondary Education. John's other teaching experience includes Haddon Heights High School from 1999-2001 and Collingswood High School from 1996-2000.
Michelle was a 4 year member with United Percussion from 2008-2011 and played Keyboards, Vibraphone and Sampler. In the fall of 2011, she joined the marching band staff at Quakertown High School teaching their Front Ensemble. Her marching career started in 2002 as a member of the Wissahickon High School marching band and indoor percussion ensemble. While there, she was a Drum Major and awarded the John Philip Sousa Band Award and the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence. She then continued her education at Drexel University, earning her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. After aging out, she continued her journey with United Percussion on staff as the Electronics Coordinator in 2012 and 2013 and had served as Assistant Director from 2014-2018, and Director of United Percussion in 2019. Michelle is currently pursuing her MBA in Marketing and Business Analytics at Temple University.
Chad Moore, Esq.
Executive director/Design coordinator
Chad began his marching career with the 15-time Atlantic Coast Champion Middle Township High School Marching Band. In 1993, Chad marched snare with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps. Chad currently teaches and arranges for Middle Township High School. During his span with MTHS, they won 15 Atlantic Coast Championship titles including 7 straight seasons, 4 percussion titles and 8 top three percussion placements. MTHS also won 3 TIA titles during that span, including 2 undefeated seasons. In 2001, Chad joined the two time WGI PIO finalist Riptide Indoor Percussion Ensemble as the battery instructor. From 2002-2003, Chad served as the percussion caption head and arranger for the 2002 WGI Mid-Atlantic Regional finalist and 2003 TIA PSO bronze medalist Archbishop Ryan. Chad has been with United since its inception. In that span, United has won 3 World Championship medals, including the 2007 Independent Open World Championship. Chad has been a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board since 2003 and is a current member of the Vic Firth Education team. Chad's educational background includes a B.A. and J.D. from Rutgers University. He practices civil law in New Jersey and is an equity partner in the law firm Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas.
battery caption head and arranger
Alex Beltran is an active writer, teacher, performer, and clinician based in New England. He holds a Masters Degree in music history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he also received an undergraduate degree in percussion performance. While at UMass Alex has worked as teaching assistant to Thom Hannum, studied under Ayano Kataoka, and currently teaches and arranges for the UMass Minuteman Marching Band.
Alex’s marching career began with the Connecticut Hurricanes from 2008-2010 before marching in the quad line at The Cadets from 2011-2014. During his time at The Cadets, the group won the 2011 DCI Championship and the 2013 Fred Sanford high percussion award. He was battery section leader from the 2012-2014 seasons. Alex was also a member of the UMass quad line from 2010-2013, where in addition to the full Marching Band schedule he performed at PASIC 2011 and the 2013 Macy’s Day Parade. He was both quad line and battery section leader for the 2013 season.
After aging out Alex has ingrained himself working with top drum corps and percussion programs, teaching The Cadets battery during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. While pursuing his Masters studies, Alex maintained an active schedule working with and writing for schools across the United States and putting on clinics both with the UMass percussion program and as a stand alone presenter. His writing resume includes UMass, top competitive Indoor Percussion ensembles, marching bands across the country, and DCI corps.
Alex is currently the battery coordinator for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, where he handles the day to day teaching, equipment, and logistical needs of the battery. He is ecstatic to be re-joining the team at United Percussion, and continue the tradition of amazing work that makes the group so special.
When he is not traveling or teaching, Alex enjoys exploring scenic Western Massachusetts, involving himself in the local live music scene, and learning about the history of Roman and Western Culture.
Alex proudly endorses Vic Firth Drum Sticks, and Zildjian Cymbals.
battery Production designer
Zach Schlicher began performing in the marching arts in 1997. As a member of his high school marching band, Zach was exposed to Drum Corps International. In 2001, he earned a position in the snare line with The Cadets and continued to perform there for the next four seasons. Upon aging out, he began teaching the Madison Scouts. After two seasons with the Scouts, he spent the next ten seasons on the faculty of Carolina Crown. Currently, he is on the faculty of the Boston Crusaders. Away from the drum corps field, Zach works with several scholastic and independent programs within Winter Guard International, Bands of America, as well as international ensembles. During the fall and winter months, he occasionally adjudicates marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles around the United States.
Zach studied percussion at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Along with his design/instruction commitments, Zach occasionally performs on cast with Aerial Experience Productions, JQProductions and has performed with Blue Devils Entertainment. For quick educational features, he can be found on VicFirth.com in the video lesson series, “Hybrid Rudiments.” Over the course of twenty years, he has been able to develop a unique set of skills which allow him to take on multiple responsibilities and roles with any ensemble.
FRONT ENSEMBLE ARRANGER
Ian Hale received degrees in percussion performance from the University of Calgary and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where his teachers included Dr. Glenn Price, Eduardo Leandro and DCI Hall of Fame member Thom Hannum. He has studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens, Gordon Stout, and She-e Wu. He was a member of the music faculty at UMass from 2007-2008 and served as the Assistant Director of Bands for the Calgary Stampede Showband from 2009-2011. He is currently the Percussion Director for Spirit of America from Orleans, Massachusetts. This is his fourth season as the Front Ensemble Arranger for United Percussion.
Ian has worked with many ensembles including the Calgary Stampede Showband, Spirit of America, Thomas Jefferson High School, Dartmouth Indoor Percussion, United Percussion, Boston University and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He was a member of the percussion staff for the Glassmen, the Magic of Orlando, Madison Scouts, Carolina Crown and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently on the percussion staff for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.
Ian is endorsed by Vic Firth Inc., Remo Inc. and Zildjian Corporation.
Sound design, Front ensemble caption head
Mike Bishop is a composer, music educator, designer, international clinician, and consultant creating for organizations around the world, including the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Ram Marching Band, United Percussion, and European X (Netherlands). Previously, Mike served on the staff or designed for the Crossmen, George Mason University, Spirit of '52 (Germany), Cedar Park HS Timberwolf Band, Carolina Crown (2013 DCI World Championship), Rhythm X/The X Academy, Redline, Blue Stars, and was a founding Board of Directors member at Invictus.
As a producer, Mike is experienced in creating soundtracks for podcasts, commercials, dance teams, color guards, as well as samples and sound effects for the pageantry arts. He has composed and arranged hundreds of works for various scholastic, collegiate, independent, and corporate programs.
Mike is a Yamaha Artist, a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks & mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, & Remo drum heads and a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. He has presented clinics at Music For All's Bands of America Summer Symposium, the Texas Bandmasters Association Annual Convention, Western Carolina University Summer Symposium, Vivace Marching Band Leadership Camps, and throughout the United States, Western Europe, and Japan.
Jaime Holly is a full time drill designer and visual instructor living in Long Beach, CA with his wife Rebekah and daughter Parker. He began his marching career in the soprano line of the Concord Blue Devil B Corps in 1989, moving to the World Champion A Corps in 1991 through 1993. He returned to the Blue Team in 1997 where he is currently a visual instructor and drill writer. His affinity for mathematical problems can be traced through his BS from Fresno State in Math. Jaime earned a teaching credential from Cal State Hayward and was a math teacher at James Logan High School before he decided to give it up for the fame and fortune of drill writing. Jaime is the visual caption head and designer for several award winning high schools in BOA and WBA, as well as independent non-profit organizations in DCI and WGI. He has also served on the DCI Task Force. Currently, he has the pleasure of working with the Soka Renaissance Vanguard from Tokyo, Japan. Some of the groups he has had the opportunity to work with are: Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Mystikal Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Upland High School, Fountain Valley High School, Legacy High School, Haltom High School, Colleyville Heritage High School, Desert Vista High School, Winston Churchill High School, Clovis West High School, James Logan High School, Freelancers Indoor Drumline, Black Knights Indoor Drumline, and the El Diamonte Indoor Colorguard.
Micah's experience in the marching genre has included time as a marching member and a cymbal instructor with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps. Micah became percussion caption head and percussion arranger for the 2001 and 2002 marching band and indoor percussion seasons at Washington Township High School in New Jersey. His accomplishments as caption head there include 5th place Scholastic A at the 2003 WGI Championships in Dayton, OH. Micah's other teaching experience includes two TIA Championships as a cymbal instructor with Bensalem High School Indoor (PA). Micah's educational background includes a B.S. in Graphic Design Communications from Philadelphia University. His profession as a graphic designer is at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California. Micah was recently featured on the new hit TV show "The Taste."
Woody is currently the acting Band Director and Instrumental Music Teacher for Winslow Township High School. His recent achievements include: 2006 Marching Unit Director, Hatboro- Horsham High School- Cavalcade of Bands American Division Champions; 2006-07 Music & Percussion Arranger, Spring-Ford HS, Royersford, PA- Atlantic Coast Championship Group IV, 2004-07 Indoor Percussion Director, Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS- Cavalcade of Bands Indoor Percussion Champions, 2004-06 Arranger & Percussion Instructor, Hammonton HS, USSBA Group I State Champions. Woody has been a performer, Caption Head, composer and arranger for the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps, Bushwhackers Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps, United Percussion, and Riptide Indoor Percussion. Woody has also taught percussion and drum lines for Upper Moreland HS, West Chester University, Southern Regional HS, Highland HS, and Pennsauken HS. He is also an independent composer for marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles in PA, NJ, GA, TN , FL & CA.
battery caption head
Joe will be on staff at United Percussion for his fourth season in 2020. Joe was previously a member of United Percussion in 2011.
Joe began his drum corps marching career with the Reading Buccaneers in 2010. He played tenors for the group for the 2010 and 2011 seasons prior to becoming a member of The Cadets. As a member of The Cadets, Joe stayed through his age-out summer in 2013, and was a part of the percussion section that claimed the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award.
Joe previously worked as Battery Caption Head at Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, PA, where he had taught from 2012-2016. Additionally, Joe worked with The Cadets2 from 2014- 2018, eventually working as the Percussion Caption Supervisor from 2016- 2018. In 2016, Joe helped lead the Cadets2 to their first percussion title as well as the group's first championship. His other teaching experiences include The Cadets, where he currently serves as one of the tenor technicians. Joe has also worked as a percussion adjudicator in varied circuits along the east coast.
Joe currently resides in Lansdale, PA. He is a graduate of the accounting program at Temple University and currently works on his career in IT auditing and consulting outside of drum corps.
snare technician, Battery Coordinator
Brad is a former member of United Percussion having played snare drum in 2012. He began his marching experience in 2005 with the Bayard Rustin High School marching band. As a senior, Brad auditioned and was selected to represent the state of Pennsylvania nationally in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Snareline. Brad continued on in college to perform from 2009 to 2011, two of these as section leader and center snare, with the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band of West Chester University.
Brad was also a member of the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008 and 2009, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010, followed by the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012. Brad has had the good fortune to work with renowned marching percussion educators such as Tom Aungst and Neil Larrivee. After aging-out of DCI, Brad served in the role of snare technician for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, Brad served as percussionist/stage manager of the internationally award-winning “Cocoa Rhythm Factory” at Hersheypark. Brad recently received a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree from West Chester University in Music Education and Percussion Performance.
Brad is currently preparing for his fourth year as percussion coordinator and arranger for the award-winning Marple Newtown High School Tiger Marching Band in Newtown Square, PA. He has served as percussion coordinator and snare technician with many groups in the surrounding area such as Bayard Rustin High School, Spring-Ford High School, Coatesville Area Senior High School, Downingtown West High School, and East Pennsboro High School.
Charlie is an experienced marching arts performer and educator from Central Pennsylvania. His competitive drumming career began in the winter of 2014 with the Liberty University Indoor Drumline, where he earned a WGI bronze medal. Charlie stayed with LUID through 2016, before making his world class debut in 2017 with the George Mason University Indoor Drumline. In addition, Charlie spent two seasons competing in DCA with Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps, winning the gold medal and high percussion award with the ensemble in 2016. He then went on to march with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017, and concluded his performance career in the winter of 2018 with United Percussion for his age-out season.
Since aging out of the marching arts, Charlie has become an experienced battery technician and designer. He has designed both drill and battery scores for Jefferson Forest HS, and, in addition, has served on the instructional staff with East Pennsboro HS, United Percussion, and, most recently, Jersey Surf.
Outside of his drumming career, Charlie is a graduate of Liberty University and now works in the insurance benefits industry as a data analyst.
Connor Horwath is a former member of United Percussion having played snare drum in 2014 and 2015. He returned to the organization in 2018 serving as the snareline and battery section leader. Connor has extensive drum corps experience that includes marching with The Connecticut Hurricanes ('12), Fusion "Core" ('13-'15), 7th Regiment ('16), and The Cadets ('17-'18).
Since aging out with The Cadets, Connor has become an experienced battery technician and arranger. He has been a part of the instructional staff at various high schools in the Northern New Jersey area and he began teaching the snareline at Fusion “Core” this past summer. In addition, Connor is entering his 4th year as battery technician and arranger at Nutley High School in Nutley, NJ.
Outside of the marching arts, Connor is studying Marketing and Public Relations at William Paterson University.
Connor is excited to be back with the home team for the 2019-2020 season!
Jimmy is incredibly excited to be on staff at United this year teaching the quadline!
Jimmy has been playing quads for 9 years and has been a part of multiple ensembles over the years. Starting in high school, he eventually went on to march with the 7th Regiment ('14-'15), Reading Buccaneers ('16), and Carolina Crown ('17) drum and bugle corps. He has also marched with Field of View ('15) and United Percussion ('16-'19), where he was one of the battery captains and the quadline section leader for the last 2 years. Jimmy also was a part of West Chester University's drumline for 3 years, again serving as battery captain and quadline section leader for 2 of those seasons.
Jimmy has been an instructor for various high schools in the southeast PA area, and he currently teaches Downingtown West's drumline. He has also taught the quadline at both the Cadets2 and the Cadets for the 2018 summer season.
United has been Jimmy's home for the past 4 years, and he is so grateful to be able to give back to the program that gave him so much!
Seth’s marching career started in 2012 with WGI World class ensemble Palmetto Percussion. He then went on to perform with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. Seth enlisted in the Marine Corps in June of 2015 where he currently serves as Bass Drum Music Section Leader and a performing member of “The Commandant’s own” Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. This is Seth’s second year instructing the Bass Drum section at United Percussion. He has taught several high school programs across North Carolina and assisted with The Cadets 2017 percussion staff.
Seth is also a graduate of Western Carolina University with a bachelors degree in Music Education.
Greg is excited about joining the United Percussion staff once again for the 2020 season. He got his start with the Red Land High School marching band as a percussionist from 2004-2008. Greg’s marching experiences include the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006-2008, and The Cadets Drum and Bugle corps where he was a part of “The Holy Bass” as their Bass 1 from 2009-2012. In 2011, Greg and the rest of The Cadets took home the gold medal in DCI World Championships. In 2014, Greg served as a clinician staff member as a bass tech for Cadets Winter Percussion where they were gold medalists in WGI open class. Greg was also the Bass Tech for Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2014. Greg also was the bass tech for Mechanicsburg High School’s indoor and outdoor programs from 2009-2014, and Red Land High School’s 2009-2015 programs. Currently, Greg is the bass tech for West Shore School District’s outdoor and indoor programs.
This will be Andy’s first year with United Percussion. Andy began his marching career in 1992 when he joined The Cadets of Bergen Country Front Ensemble at 15 years of age. He went on to become a member of The Cadets bass line, Holy Bass in 1996 and 1997 where he aged out playing bass one. Andy also spent two years in DCA marching with The Reading Buccaneers in 1994 and with the Bushwackers in 1995 playing bass one. In his marching career Andy studied under many accomplished and legendary instructors including Steve Kieffer, Tom Aungst, Willy Higgins, Neil Larrivee, Skip Cassady and Dave Hall.
Andy was a bass drum instructor at the Cadets in 2008, 2019 and will be back in 2020. In 2016 Andy joined the C2 percussion staff as a bass drum instructor and after winning the DCA World Championships and High Percussion in 2016 with C2, returned for the 2017 and 2018 seasons as well.
Andy has also taught and arranged for several high school marching bands and indoor drumlines in the South-Central Pennsylvania area including Spring Grove High School, Red Lion High School, Bermudian Springs High School and most recently New Oxford High School.
Outside of the marching arts, Andy has built a successful career with Republic Services and is currently the Manager of Municipal Sales for Republic Services in South Central Pennsylvania. He’s worked for Republic Services since 2005 and was a Sales Representative for five years, promoted to Business Unit Sales Manager in 2010, promoted to Division Manager in 2015 and was most recently promoted in July of 2017 to his current role as Manager of Municipal Sales.
Andy has been married to his wife Deb since 1998 and they have two daughters, Cara (19) and Ally (17) who are also both percussionists. In 2015-2018 Andy enjoyed seeing his oldest daughter Cara march in The Cadets 2 front ensemble and in 2019 with the Cadets front ensemble. He also enjoys seeing his youngest daughter Ally perform as the drumline section leader and center snare at Red Lion High School in Red Lion, PA.
Andy looks forward to his first season with United Percussion.
Charlie is thrilled to return to the United Percussion staff, which is his 5th season with United including his time as a member. He began his marching career with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps where he marched Tuba for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He went on to march with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015, then aged out with Carolina Crown in 2016. Charlie was fortunate enough to be a part of the hornlines at both The Cadets and Carolina Crown when they received the Jim Ott Award for Best Brass Performance. Charlie was a member of United Percussion for three seasons, marching in the cymbal line in 2014, 2017, and 2018.
As an educator, Charlie has experience working with numerous programs across Northern/Central New Jersey. Currently, he teaches at his alma mater, Old Bridge High School, working with their marching band and indoor percussion programs. Charlie is also currently on the visual staff at the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps.
Charlie is a graduate of Montclair State University where he received a bachelor's degree in food science.
FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN
Matt Blood is a percussion arranger, educator, and performer based out of the Southern New Jersey-area. He has arranged percussion music for many high school bands, indoor percussion ensembles, and drum corps on the East Coast. Currently, Matt is the Percussion Supervisor/Arranger for the West Deptford Band, Front Ensemble Caption Head/Arranger for the Hawthorne Caballeros, Front Ensemble Caption Head/Arranger for the Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights, Front Ensemble Arranger for the Jersey Surf, and a Front Ensemble technician for long-standing WGI World Class finalist United Percussion.
Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in classical percussion performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, where he also has performed in some of their top ensembles. Using the knowledge he gained from educators such as Joe Tompkins, Kyle Zerna, Mike Truesdell, Javier Diaz, Steve Ballard and Ian Hale, Matt performs in local bands and orchestras in the New Jersey Tri-state area. In addition, Matt has performed as a member of the United Percussion Front Ensemble during their 2012-2014 seasons.
FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN
Sean Rode is an active teacher and performer in the greater Philadelphia area. He holds a master’s degree in music performance from Rutgers University where he studied with Alan Abel and Joseph Tompkins. Sean also holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Chester University.
Sean has performed with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, at Percussion Arts Society’s International Convention and served as principal percussionist for Camerata Philadelphia’s international tour of China. Sean was also selected to attend the Texas Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and Alan Abel’s Orchestral Percussion Seminar.
Sean has over 10 years of experience with DCA, WGI and collegiate marching groups as a performer and educator. Sean is currently co-instructing the front ensemble at West Chester University with Mike Bishop and works with Downingtown High School’s indoor drumline.
FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN
Mariah Graham is a clinical research coordinator at the University of Delaware in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. While attending the University of Delaware, Mariah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science and Linguistics along with minors in Human Development and Disability Studies. Currently, Mariah is a full-time Master’s degree graduate student studying Speech-Language Pathology.
Mariah has spent the past 6 years as the Front Ensemble Coordinator of Unionville High School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania for both the school’s indoor and outdoor percussion programs. Additionally, she has consulted and instructed various other high school, drum corps, and indoor percussion front ensembles.
Mariah’s Drum Corps International & Winter Guard International membership experiences include The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (2015-2016), The Cadets 2 (2014), Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps (2010-2012), Cadets Winter Percussion (2014-2015), and United Percussion (2013). Additionally, Mariah performed with the Bloomsburg University concert percussion ensemble and front ensemble and the University of Delaware front ensemble. Mariah has also spent time as a member of the Newark Symphony Orchestra in Delaware.
Mariah currently lives in New Castle, Delaware where she enjoys spending her free time cooking, biking, and swimming with her family and friends.
FRONT ENSEMBLE consultant
Dave’s marching career began in high school with the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Marching Band. While in high school, Dave became a member of United Percussion’s front ensemble. Dave marched with the ensemble in 2007-2010, winning the WGI PIO Championship in 2007. Dave went on to march with the Boston Crusaders in 2009 and 2011, serving as the center marimba and section leader of the front ensemble. While with Boston in 2009, Dave was a member of the DCI I&E gold medalist Percussion Ensemble, playing “Affirmation” composed by Andrew Beall.
During his time in the marching activity, Dave had the great fortune to study under: Andrew Beall, Omar Carmenates, Jerry Carpenter, Steve Ballard, Brian Nozny, Mike Nevin, Tyler Sammons and Ellis Hampton. Dave has his B.S. and M.Ed. from Rutgers University. Dave currently lives in Providence, RI where he works for Brown University. Dave has previously worked with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps and the Edison High School Marching Eagles. Dave is a proud member of the Vic Firth Education Team.
Lauryn Heller is looking forward to her 4th season with United Percussion! Lauryn has experienced the world of marching arts from a very young age, particularly because of her mother’s influence. She attributes much of her success to her 8 years performing with the WGI A class finalist Haddon Heights HS “High Voltage” color guard program and its exceptional staff (2002-2009). After high school, Lauryn marched indoor color guard with The Light Brigade (2010), Alter Ego (2011, 2012), and The Black Watch (2014, 2016). Additionally Lauryn marched as a color guard performer with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. (2008-2013).
Lauryn’s creative and instructional experience includes Haddon Heights HS (2010 - Present), Washington Township HS (2011 - 2019), Surge Independent (2016 - Present), The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2014, 2015), The Black Watch (2017, 2018, 2020), Hatboro Horsham Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2019 - Present), United Percussion (2017 - Present), Bushwackers Drum Corps (2016 - Present), Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2016 - Present), and other programs in the tri-state area.
In almost every aspect of her life, Lauryn chooses to dedicate her time and efforts to the growth and support of the youth. She has earned an Associate’s degree in social services from Gloucester County College and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rowan University. By day, Lauryn is a kindergarten aftercare teacher at an elementary school. On nights and weekends, she is working with multiple marching arts organizations. Lauryn is looking forward to an exciting season of teamwork, growth, and new memories!
Brad has been an active educator and visual designer of the marching arts for over 20 years. His performance experience includes The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (1993-1994), and the Santa Clara Vanguard (1995). He has been involved with many independent groups over the years, including the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, Lehigh Valley Knights, Teal Sound, Crossmen, 7th Regiment, and the Boston Crusaders. Currently, he is a consultant for Q Winter Guard, (WGI IO Finalist 2016, 2017), and on the visual team at the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2017-Present).
In addition to working with independent groups, Brad has worked with many scholastic ensembles, most recently with visual instruction at King Philip H.S. from Wrentham, MA. Currently, he is the visual designer for Pecos H.S. from Pecos, TX, and Rancocas Valley Regional H.S. from Mt. Holly, NJ.
Brad was involved with United Percussion in 2004, and 2017-2019. 2020 will be Brad’s fifth year with United.
The 2020 season will be Corey's second year on the visual team for United Percussion and he is excited to be back! Corey is the current Visual Caption Head for the North Penn Marching Knights and was a member of the visual team at the Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps for a number of years from 2013-2018, stepping into the Visual Caption Head role in 2016. He also served as the Tour Manager for the Blue Knights (2011) and The Cadets (2012).
Corey currently resides in Lansdale, PA with his wife, Nina and their Shiba Inu, Yoshi!
Tyler is extremely excited to be back with United after first coming on board for the 2019 season.
Tyler’s marching career began with the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps from 2006 to 2015 playing both mellophone and trumpet, he served as horn sergeant in 2015. Tyler spent 2013 and 2014 playing mellophone with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps.
Tyler’s marching arts educational background consists of The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps in 2019 and Cadets 2 in 2018 as visual instructional staff, as well as the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps in 2016 and 2017 as co-caption head of the visual program. Tyler also works with Downingtown Area School District Indoor Percussion as visual caption head. Currently with Downingtown East High School, he has assisted multiple bands throughout south eastern PA in either design or instructional capacities, such as the Upper Darby Marching Royals where he served as a visual/show designer and visual caption head.
Tyler was born and raised in New Hartford, CT but currently resides in West Chester, PA as an elementary music educator. He attended West Chester University where he received a dual degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance as a baritone.
Kirby Kistler began her independent marching career with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011, also performing with them in 2012 and 2014. She continued her DCI experience as a member of Carolina Crown in 2015. She also performed with the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps at the 2019 DCA Championships. During the winter season, Kirby was a member of Field of View Winterguard from 2014-2015, and the visual ensemble at Cadets Winter Percussion in 2016.
Since aging out, Kirby’s passion has been educating in the marching arts. After 5 years as a member of the Abington Senior High School colorguard, she stayed on as a Colorguard Technician from 2013-2016. She was the Colorguard Caption Head of Hatboro-Horsham High School from 2017-2018, followed by Upper Moreland High School from 2018-2019. She also contributed choreography and movement instruction for Hatboro-Horsham Indoor Percussion from 2016-2018, and Imperial Dynasty Indoor Percussion in 2017. Currently, Kirby is a Colorguard Technician for the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Black Watch winterguard. This will be her second season as a Visual Technician with United Percussion. She is also an undergraduate student at Temple University in Communication and Social Influence and Environmental Studies.